Anthony Elonis used Facebook to make a series of violence-laced posts criticizing his wife and others. But he claimed his rants did not amount to “true threats.”
The justices ruled Monday that it was not enough for prosecutors to show that the comments of Anthony Elonis would make a reasonable person feel threatened.
The Supreme Court is weighing the free-speech rights of people who use violent or threatening language on Facebook and other social media.
A Pennsylvania man on trial for allegedly having threatened on the Internet to carry out “the most heinous school shooting ever imagined” says his wife’s adultery prompted his online rants.
Federal authorities say an unemployed amusement park worker in eastern Pennsylvania threatened to carry out “the most heinous school shooting ever imagined.”